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13: The Presidency

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    • 13.1: The Powers of the Presidency
      The presidency is seen as the heart of the political system. It is personalized in the president as advocate of the national interest, chief agenda-setter, and chief legislator. Scholars evaluate presidents according to such abilities as “public communication,” “organizational capacity,” “political skill,” “policy vision,” and “cognitive skill” . The media too personalize the office and push the ideal of the bold, decisive, active, public-minded president who altruistically governs the country.
    • 13.2: How Presidents Get Things Done
      The political system was designed by the framers to be infrequently innovative, to act with neither efficiency nor dispatch. Authority is decentralized. Political parties are usually in conflict; interests are diverse. Yet, as we have explained, presidents face high expectations for action. Adding to these expectations is the soaring rhetoric of their election campaigns.
    • 13.3: The Presidency in the Information Age
    • 13.S: The Presidency

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